Beige, rattan and sustainability – trends from Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2020

Yet again, Scandinavia’s largest design fair in Stockholm offered an abundance of ideas and inspiration for fans of Scandi style and Nordic design. Check out our roundup of trends for 2020 and get inspired!

&Tradition Boomerang chair
&Tradition has launched a collection of furniture and lighting designed by Hvidt & Mølgaard in the 1950s. Featured, a detail of the Boomerang lounge chair.

50s style

One of the most noticeable trends at the fair was the 1950s, which was evident both in the dimensions of the furniture and in the numerous relaunches fetched from the archives. Several stands featured, for example, mid-century-style delicate leg structures, two-seater sofas, and fluffy bouclé and teddy fabrics.

Trends of Stockholm Furniture Fair 2020
The stands of New Works and many other manufacturers featured various shades of beige. Furniture in bright primal colors stood out among them, such as the blue Supersoft sofa by Fogia.

Neutral shades of beige

Earthy, muted colors ruled the stands this year – different shades of beige were particularly frequent both in smaller details as well as larger surfaces. In contrast to these more neutral tones, many brands had also opted for primary colors, especially Pantone's color of the year, blue. Pastel colors were a lot less prevalent than in previous years.

Earthy muted colors ruled the stands this year, but many brands had also opted for bright primary colors.

The Nikari stand showcased the brand's impeccable woodworking. The rugs from Woodnotes go seamlessly together with the color palette of the solid wood furniture.

Japanese minimalism

In the spirit of the Japandi trend, many manufacturers introduced products inspired by Japanese traditions of design and craftsmanship: rice paper lamps, ceramics, and exquisite wooden furniture. The Japanese style was also represented in the simple decor of the stands - all unnecessary details had been eliminated.

The stand of ATBO Furniture combined current trends: rattan, blue and light-colored wood. The Finnish brand Vieser had a stand designed by Linda Bergroth.

Weaves and light wood

Rattan weave, familiar from patio furniture and Viennese chairs, had been used to decorate not only chairs but also cabinets and sideboards. In addition to rattan, many chairs featured seats woven of paper cord.

Rattan weave had been used to decorate not only chairs but also cabinets and sideboards.

Ferm Living
Ferm Living's new Desert lounge chair has a seat that feels like woven wool fabric, but is actually made of recycled plastic bottles.

Sustainable home decor

Many manufacturers have recently invested in the development of sustainable, eco-friendly materials. Along with renewable and durable natural materials, the fair featured a wide range of products made from a variety of innovative recycled materials.

Trends of Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2020
Swedish Lintex specializes in notice boards and mobile writing boards. The brand's stand in Stockholm mirrored Scandinavian decor trends.

Twiggy branches

House plants were scarce – instead, vases and pots were filled with leafless branches and dry flowers. Budding magnolias and big, twiggy branches gave many clean-lined stands a touch of roughness and raw, natural beauty. More traditional floral arrangements were represented at many stands by airy, sprawling bouquets.

See also:

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2020: See the most beautiful new products of the spring! >

Text: Emmi Ratilainen Photos: Manufacturers

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